On the surface, hiring a culture fit sounds like a great plan. But hiring a culture fit will give you more of the same. That’s why we look for people that will bring their unique experiences, preferences, and frameworks to our organization.
Now that I am on the other side as the agency gatekeeper and I get to choose who gets scheduled for an interview, I am happy to tell you what I look for and share some tips for breaking into the ad agency world.
I am in People Operations, not Human Resources. I feel the need to clarify because I think many use the terms interchangeably. I think that People Operations is the HR of the future. People Operations is the after picture in a Transformation Tuesday Instagram post. People Operations is HR after it attended a Tony Robbin’s retreat. People Operations is HR’s sexy, younger sister.
The path that I took to get to Digital Surgeons was a little unconventional.
I first worked with DS when their team of designers, developers and account managers rebranded my previous employer.
They took a stale, antiquated brand and updated the look and feel, the voice, the website, and the marketing collateral. I watched as these creative geniuses familiarized themselves with the staff, values and vision, and made the aesthetic match the culture. It was an amazing process to watch and be part of. I began to imagine what it might be like to work at place where creativity and innovation are part of the DNA.